News

June 1998

  1. Press release

    Opening of the 86 th International Labour Conference

    02 June 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Amidst calls for the abolition of child labour and the strengthening of fundamental human rights in the workplace, the 86 th annual International Labour Conference (ILC) got underway in Geneva today in the company of hundreds of marchers for whom the ILC was the final destination in a Global March that has crossed over 100 countries this year.

May 1998

  1. Press release

    Final Debate on Fundamental Human Rights Declaration Delegates to 86 th International Labour Conference Target Child Labour

    29 May 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) ­ Delegates to the 86 th session of the International Labour Conference, which gets underway in Geneva on Tuesday, 2 June, are set to debate the text of a groundbreaking declaration on fundamental human rights at work.

  2. Press release

    International Labour Conference 2-18 June 1998

    28 May 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) ­ The 86 th Session of the International Labour Conference will open on Tuesday, 2 June at the United Nations Assembly Hall in Geneva and remain in session until Thursday, 18 June.

  3. Press release

    Indonesia releases Detained Trade Unionists

    26 May 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The Director-General of the ILO, Mr. Michel Hansenne, has welcomed the decision of the new Indonesian Government to release Mr. Muchtar Pakpahan, President of the Serikat Buruh Sejahtera Indonesia, and several of his colleagues, who are members of Indonesia's independent trade union confederation.

  4. Press release

    ILO to seek new Convention aimed at abolishing extreme Forms of Child Labour

    25 May 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Backed by growing international support for abolishing extreme forms of child labour, the International Labour Organization (ILO) is to seek a new Convention and Recommendation aimed at bringing an immediate halt to hazardous, exploitative working practices that confront millions of children with daily, work-related stress, exposure to injury, illness and death, and deprive them of a normal life.

  5. Press release

    Worker Disability Problems Rising in Industrialized Countries: Solutions Sought in Washington, D.C. Conference

    19 May 1998

    WASHINGTON (ILO News) - Claims for disability benefits are surging in industrialized countries - up to 600 percent in some nations - encouraging governments, private companies and unions to search for ways to get disabled people back to work, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).

April 1998

  1. Press release

    Social Crisis in Asia: ILO Meeting identifies areas for priority action

    24 April 1998

    BANGKOK (ILO News) - Expressing grave concern at the deterioration in labour and social conditions in East and South-East Asia, representatives from governments, workers' and employers' organizations from 8 countries - China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam - and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, have outlined the priority steps required to address the social dimension of the unfolding financial crisis.

  2. Press release

    Thai Premier Opens ILO Meeting on Social Crisis in Asia

    22 April 1998

    BANGKOK (ILO News) - Warning that "sustained development cannot co-exist side-by-side with social inequalities and the deterioration of our human resource," Mr. Chuan Leekpai, Prime Minister of Thailand has called for equal importance to be given to national and international economic and social development policies.

  3. Press release

    Changes in global employment in the postal and Telecommunications services

    20 April 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) ­ Increasing competition from private enterprises, new means of communication, elimination of monopolies and the growth of such new media as the Internet pose major challenges to workers in postal administrations and telecoms around the world, and will prompt increasingly rapid changes in the nature of jobs held by millions workers world wide, especially women, according to a new ILO report.

  4. Press release

    ILO calls for new policy responses to the crisis in asia

    15 April 1998

    HONG KONG (ILO News) ­ The pain inflicted on Asian societies will continue to grow in 1998 largely as a result of inadequate policy responses to the financial crisis, says the International Labour Office (ILO) in a new report offering a series of proposals aimed at mitigating its disastrous social consequences.